Shared Dreams: passing information between minds while dreaming
Shared dreams are more common than you might suspect if you haven’t experienced them for yourself. As a moderator of the dreams forum at Reddit, I run across reports quite often of dreams shared between people, usually family members or close friends.
I’ve shared dreams with my girlfriend. One time she asked me questions about a dream she just had. Another time she remembered a conversation in detail that I only remembered having in general.
I ran across a reported experience recently that takes the idea to a new level: the dreamers made a conscious decision to pass information in a dream. They each thought of a phrase the other wouldn’t know. For one of them it was a song lyric. For the other it was a nonsense phrase. They both had dreams where the information was conveyed, one by text message, one during conversation. They passed information in their dreams.
The possibility of reproducing the results teases my scientific side with the possibility of finally proving that information can be conveyed subconsciously. Accepting the fact opens a whole field of study using dreams to produce data. I’m sure some gov’t agency out there like darpa would be interested in a method of conveying information over any distance without use of any sort of communications equipment. However, it appears to take some time before the info passes along the network that connects all minds together.
Dr. Carl Jung theorized that all minds are connected together by the collective unconscious. Perhaps his most controversial theory, it is generally accepted but not given a lot of attention these days. The questions it raises make most scientists uncomfortable.
I’ve run across other accounts of shared dreams, and I’m compiling them in the Dream Library at Reddit. Please drop by and contribute your own experiences of shared dreams.